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Downtown Bend

601 NW Wall St

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Sunday (04/21) 9:00 AM6:00 PM
Monday (04/22) 9:00 AM8:00 PM
Tuesday (04/23) 9:00 AM8:00 PM
Wednesday (04/24) 9:00 AM8:00 PM
Thursday (04/25) 9:00 AM8:00 PM
Friday (04/26) 9:00 AM6:00 PM
Saturday (04/27) 9:00 AM6:00 PM

601 NW Wall St
Bend, OR 97703

Phone: (541) 617-7050
Fax: (541) 617-7083

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The Downtown Bend Library was designed by Thomas Hacker and Associates of Portland, Oregon. The two-story, 38,855-square-foot library opened in 1998 and features exposed beams and high ceilings, complemented with eastward-facing windows, looking over Bend’s civic square.

The library’s large children’s area, located on the ground floor, includes an interactive Early Learning Space. You’ll also find a large community space, the Brooks Room, on the first floor that hosts story times for children as well as cultural programs for teens and adults. The second floor of the library houses teen and adult print and digital materials, as well as public computers, a meeting room, and reading and study spaces. Rotating art exhibitions reflect the talent of the local community. Free WiFi is available throughout the building.

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  • Apr 23 2024

    5:30 PM - Tuesday - Lobby Study Room

    Receive confidential business planning with a SCORE mentor.
    Avoid time-consuming and costly mistakes by learning from someone who has "been there, done that." SCORE business counselors will be available from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. for free one-on-one small business counseling. Individuals who operate or wish to start small businesses can discuss business planning, organization and start-up, finance, marketing and other critical business issues with SCORE volunteers in private, confidential sessions. No appointment necessary.
    SCORE is a nonprofit association dedicated to educating entrepreneurs and helping small businesses start, grow, and succeed nationwide. They are a resource partner with the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and have been mentoring small business owners for more than forty years. For more information about Central Oregon SCORE please visit their web site at http://centraloregon.score.org.

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  • Apr 23 2024

    6:00 PM - Tuesday - Brooks Room

    Discuss death, free of agenda or ideology, with a friendly group. Ages 16+

    No late admittance: entry is closed at 6:10pm.

    Death Cafés are a growing international movement of people gathering together in a relaxed and safe setting to eat tasty treats, drink tea, and discuss death. Free of agenda or ideology, the aim is to increase awareness of death to help people make the most of their (finite) lives. Not a grief support group, it is no more and no less than a friendly group discussing death. Learn more at https://deathcafe.com/what/.

    Facilitated by Cheryl Adcox RN, an End of Life Doula and experienced Death Café facilitator. Cheryl has been a Registered Nurse since 2003 with a background in Oncology and Hospice care. She received her certification as an End of Life Doula through Quality of Life Care in 2019. She is a graduate of the two year Anamcara Program offered through Sacred Art of Living in Bend, OR and is also a certified facilitator of the Institute of Noetic Science's Conscious Aging Workshops. Furthering her work in the community, Cheryl has offered Death Café's in Bend since October 2018 and also facilitates Living Funeral Ceremonies. Cheryl is committed to quality end of life care and offers compassionate, nonjudgmental support, calming presence, education and advocacy. Visit her website at: https://deathdoulahandinhand.com/.

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  • Apr 24 2024

    9:30 AM - Wednesday - Brooks Room

    Interactive story time with books, songs and rhymes. 0-5 yrs.

    This is an in-person program. Masks are optional at all in-person library events.

    Join us for stories, songs, and rhymes designed to support early literacy skill development, social emotional awareness and family engagement. 25 min.

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  • Apr 24 2024

    10:30 AM - Wednesday - Brooks Room

    A gentle story time for infant and caregiver. 0-18 mo.

    Babies need to hear stories, right from the beginning. You and your little one will join other families and hear very simple stories, songs and rhymes that will help to build a love of books and words. Only 15 minutes long!

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  • Apr 24 2024

    12:00 PM - Wednesday - Lobby Study Room

    Drop-in social services assistance that connects you with resources.

    Connect and get help with housing lists, medical access, mental health resources, veterans services, social security applications, and much more. Thrive Central Oregon staff help you navigate the complex forms, websites, and waitlists needed to access these resources. All appointments are first-come first-served and last for 30 minutes.

    To setup a remote phone appointment call 541-782-1022 or email info@thrivecentraloregon.org. For more information visit: www.thrivecentraloregon.org.

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  • Apr 24 2024

    3:30 PM - Wednesday - Brooks Room

    Cuentos, canciones, y rimas para toda la familia.

    Invitamos a toda la familia a participar en la hora del cuento con oportunidades para leer y cantar. Duración: 15 minutos para convivir en familia y comunidad y 25 minutos para la hora del cuento.

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  • Apr 24 2024

    5:30 PM - Wednesday -

    Discuss Oh William! by Elizabeth Strout.

    Lucy Barton is a writer, but her ex-husband, William, remains a hard man to read. William, she confesses, has always been a mystery to me. Another mystery is why the two have remained connected after all these years. They just are. So Lucy is both surprised and not surprised when William asks her to join him on a trip to investigate a recently uncovered family secret one of those secrets that rearrange everything we think we know about the people closest to us. What happens next is nothing less than another example of what Hilary Mantel has called Elizabeth Strout's perfect attunement to the human condition. There are fears and insecurities, simple joys and acts of tenderness, and revelations about affairs and other spouses, parents and their children.

    Join via Zoom: https://us06web.zoom.us/j/86758071992

    Pick up a book at Sisters Library or email paigeb@deschuteslibrary.org to request a book.
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  • Apr 25 2024

    9:30 AM - Thursday - Brooks Room

    Interactive story time with books, songs and rhymes. 0-5 yrs.

    This is an in-person program. Masks are optional at all in-person library events.

    Join us for stories, songs, and rhymes designed to support early literacy skill development, social emotional awareness and family engagement. 25 min.

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  • Apr 25 2024

    10:30 AM - Thursday - Brooks Room

    An active storytime with stories, songs & movement rhymes.  18-36 mo.

    This is an in-person program. Masks are optional at all in-person library events.

    Toddlers like to move so this storytime features not only the best stories, but plenty of participation through songs and action rhymes.  Your child will be introduced to letter sounds, vocabulary, and the fun of interacting with you and others.  25 min.

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  • Apr 25 2024

    1:30 PM - Thursday - Meyer Classroom

    Get help with your technology problems and questions.

    Practice your computer skills and problem-solve with staff. Find answers to your e-reader, tablet, laptop, smartphone, internet, or cloud-related questions. Free and open to the public. No registration is required. Closed on the 2nd Thursday of each month.

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  • Apr 25 2024

    4:00 PM - Thursday - Brooks Room

    Learn the basics of cursive in this workshop!

    Program designed for ages 6-11.

    Join us to learn about the beautiful art of cursive writing. You will learn basic pencil strokes, letters, and some words. Participants will leave with a cursive workbook so they can continue working on their handwriting!

    If you have or work with a child or adult that is neurodivergent and attending in-person programming is difficult or causes discomfort, please reach out to Erin at erinh@deschuteslibrary.org to request a take-home kit with instructions and materials. We will have a limited number of kits for neurodivergent children as well as autistic or neurodivergent adults that are interested in this program.

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  • Apr 26 2024

    10:00 AM - Friday - Lobby Study Room

    Drop-in social services assistance that connects you with resources.

    Connect and get help with housing lists, medical access, mental health resources, veterans services, social security applications, and much more. Thrive Central Oregon staff help you navigate the complex forms, websites, and waitlists needed to access these resources. All appointments are first-come first-served and last for 30 minutes.

    To setup a remote phone appointment call 541-782-1022 or email info@thrivecentraloregon.org. For more information visit: www.thrivecentraloregon.org.

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  • Apr 26 2024

    12:00 PM - Friday - Brooks Room

    Discuss The Reading List by Sara Nisha Adams.

    An unforgettable and heartwarming debut about how a chance encounter and a list of library books helps forge an unlikely friendship between two very different people-a lonely London widower and a troubled teenager. Widower Mukesh lives a quiet life in the London Borough of Ealing after losing his beloved wife. He shops every Wednesday, goes to Temple, and worries about his granddaughter, Priya, who hides in her room reading while he spends his evenings watching nature documentaries. Aleisha is a bright but anxious teenager working at the local library for the summer when she discovers a crumpled-up piece of paper in the back of To Kill a Mockingbird.

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  • Apr 27 2024

    2:00 PM - Saturday - Shevlin Park * Registration Required

    Deeply connect to the natural world and feed your soul.

    Registration is required. Registered participants will receive meet-up instructions.

    Join us for this 1-hour guided Forest Bathing Experience in beautiful Shevlin Park. You will be led through a series of Forest Bathing invitations by a local Certified Forest Therapy Guide.

    What is Forest Bathing?
    "Forest bathing, also known as Shinrin Yoku, is a practice where participants bathe themselves in the forest atmosphere. There is no water involved in this practice, and the bathing refers to immersing oneself in the phytoncides, a group of chemicals which plants use to communicate with each other. Scientists are finding that our bodies respond to these chemical signals in ways which are beneficial for us. Practicing forest bathing has been shown to increase immune response and decrease stress hormones in the body."

    Missie Wikler is a local Certified Forest Therapy Guide who has been guiding the local Bend community through outdoor wellness practices for over 3 years. She is trained with the Association of Nature and Forest Therapy and guides with practices rooted in Traditional Japanese Forest Bathing techniques, Shinrin Yoku. "I look forward to guiding you!" Learn more at https://www.romingyogabend.com/

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  • Apr 29 2024

    9:00 AM - Monday - Meyer Classroom

    Enjoy the focus of a quiet space with the benefit of others' company.

    Bring personal work, read a book, or answer emails. Come when you can, leave when you want.

    Free, open network WiFi available.

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  • Apr 29 2024

    9:30 AM - Monday - Brooks Room

    Stories, songs and rhymes to develop early literacy skills. 3-5 yrs.

    This is an in-person program. Masks are optional at all in-person library events.

    Early literacy skills to get your child ready to learn to read are the focus of these story times. You and your child will hear great stories while also becoming more familiar with letter sounds, rhyming, vocabulary, and print. Plus there will be directions to follow, which will help prepare for kindergarten. 30 min.

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  • Apr 29 2024

    10:00 AM - Monday - Lobby Study Room

    Drop-in social services assistance that connects you with resources.

    Connect and get help with housing, medical, mental health, veterans services, social security resources, and more. Thrive Central Oregon staff help you navigate the complex forms, websites, and waitlists needed to access these resources. All appointments are first come first served and last for 30 minutes. For more information visit: www.thrivecentraloregon.org.

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